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No: 7131   Contributor: Lee Brown   Year: 1980   Manufacturer: Metropolitan-Vickers   Country: England

A beautiful day in July 1980 sees BR Class 76's No's 76016 and 76007 depart platform 4 at Guide Bridge with a special for Sheffield via the Woodhead line. Built at Gorton in 1950/51 by Metro Vickers the class had just a year left before the idiotic decision to close the Woodhead line came into force. A 506 unit bound for Manchester Piccadilly can be seen on platform 3.
Picture added on 12 July 2009 at 12:57
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Got that right, yet another short term decision along with the closure of the GC and S&D

Added by Jakthe Lad on 18 October 2013.
There was a spell in the early 80's when folk would take the 4 mile stroll from Woodhead to Dunford Bridge. A feat I performed with my late brother (we took pic 12580 before doing so) around 1982 or 83.

Added by T & Q on 18 October 2013.
Super shot of a well chosen route which did nobody any harm. Pity that it had to disappear like many others around the country. Yes T & Q, I agree with you, a grand scenic walk from one to the other, done more than once in my case.

Added by Tony Roberts on 19 October 2013.
I went back to do the trip with some work colleagues in 1985 but by then both ends of the tunnel were blocked off to the public and it was no longer possible to walk through the Woodhead Tunnel. There were officiated walks since but I believe they stopped those some time back and it is extemely rare to be able to walk through it now.

Added by T & Q on 20 October 2013.
Didn't realise you meant walking via the tunnel T&Q, I've only done it overland. Have memories of the smoky times in the old tunnel though.

Added by Tony Roberts on 20 October 2013.
There are 400 kV cables inside now, which should act as a deterrent to walkers!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 20 October 2013.
there was a spell in the mid-eighties when it was a popular past time. Jump off the X48 at Woodhead, walk through the tunnel and have a pint at Dunford Bridge. Some didn't even take torches.

Added by T & Q on 21 October 2013.
And the "loons" nearly got away with closing the Settle & Carlisle and it will probably cost £100+Billion for HS2 - never mind it's only borrowed money!!

Added by Peter Goodall on 22 October 2013.
They also nearly got away with demolishing St.Pancras and turning Marylebone in to a coach station.

Added by T & Q on 23 October 2013.
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